The Magazine Shop, Dubai (UAE)
Dubai’s bustling business activities stand still for a moment. The coffee is fair trade and roasted locally, the baristas undergo intensive training, the independent magazines are sourced from around the world for their thought-provoking, alternative and intelligent perspective, and the furniture is from USM: In the Magazine Shop, only the highest quality in beverages, publishing and design will do. Located in Dubai’s International Financial Centre, the small café offers an oasis of coffee and literary culture uniquely separated by USM furnishings from the hustle and bustle of its surroundings. The height of the white furniture is arranged such that the café is set apart but still visually connected to the environment, appearing isolated and inviting at the same time. The function of USM is twofold: Used as freestanding walls facing outward that can be easily adapted and rearranged if necessary, the modules serve as a magazine rack on the inside and seamlessly transition over to the bar and counter area, thanks to a custom design made especially for the Magazine Shop. The result is one small world in the great big one, a perfect place for reading breaks, culinary reveries and inspiring hours of reflection.